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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – February 1-7


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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! It was again an eventful week in the USA, despite the still-active virus attack.

Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which include the latest news, new partnerships and new appointments. Read on and get updated.

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The Chile Government has announced its plans on introducing a bill for the legalisation and regulation of online gambling in the country. The bill will propose regulating online sports betting, internet casino games and other forms of betting online. According to the Ministry, regulating online gambling activities would establish a competitive market, as well as help protect both the health and safety of players.

Wynn Resorts was again honoured on FORTUNE Magazine’s 2021 World’s Most Admired Companies list in the hotel, casino and resort category. Wynn Resorts improved upon previous ratings to secure a place in the top five international hotel companies. Wynn also claimed first overall in the group for Quality of Products/Services and received additional high marks for Innovation.

Partnerships

Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) has entered into an exclusive data partnership deal with Genius Sports Group to launch its first official betting platform. SRX is expected to launch its inaugural season in June 2021 with six races scheduled for broadcast on CBS Television Network, and is expected to feature an exceptional line-up of all-star drivers and crews including NASCAR Hall of Famers Tony Stewart and various other auto racing legends, including Bill Elliott, Tony Kanaan, Paul Tracy, Bobby Labonte, Willy T. Ribbs, Mark Webber, Ernie Francis Jr. and Helio Castroneves.

GAN Limited has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with the Seneca Gaming Corporation (SGC) to provide Simulated Gaming solutions to SGC patrons across all properties on both desktop and mobile. The unique solution is powered by GAN’s core Simulated Gaming software and provides meaningful marketing, brand building and revenue opportunities for both operators and GAN.

BetMGM has partnered with Richard Childress Racing. This marks the first partnership between a NASCAR team and sports betting operator. BetMGM will collaborate with the iconic NASCAR team on a variety of marketing activations, including primary sponsorship for select races in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series.

SuperDraft Inc has selected Remark Entertainment, a division of Remark Holdings, as its exclusive marketing partner. To support SuperDraft’s vision of providing the best DFS experience, Remark Entertainment will be responsible for developing a brand identity by managing and leading the digital and offline marketing efforts on SuperDraft’s behalf.

International Game Technology PLC has announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation, has signed a four-year contract extension with the Kentucky Lottery Corporation. As per the deal, IGT Global Solutions will continue providing its iLottery platform and mobile app, and add engaging new IGT PlayLottery content to the Lottery’s existing digital games portfolio.

Loto-Québec has extended its existing contract with Pollard Banknote Limited. The original contract term started in February 2014, and under this extension, Pollard Banknote will continue to serve Loto-Québec as the primary supplier of instant ticket games through 31 January 2022.

Integrated payments provider Paysafe has announced an expansion of its long-standing partnership with the Virginia Lottery, which will see it leverage the affiliate marketing expertise of Income Access, Paysafe’s marketing technology and services provider. The Virginia Lottery, which already uses Paysafe’s payment processing services, will utilise Income Access’ proprietary software and affiliate management services for its upcoming iLottery affiliate programme.

New Appointment

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has announced the appointment of Pinder Basi as its new Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining OLG, Pinder served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Mastermind Toys.

New Acquisition

Sports media company FA Media LLC (Alarm Sports Network) has announced the acquisition of fantasy sports aggregation website FantasyRundown.com. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Dallmeier Shortlisted for the European Casino Awards 2023

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Dallmeier, an expert in video technology for casinos, has been shortlisted in two categories for the upcoming European Casino Awards 2023, its Panomera W8 360° cameras as “Best new innovative product” and Casino Automation Technology CAT as “Best table gaming product”.

The Panomera W8 is a 360° camera with 4K resolution ensuring complete 360° coverage without a “blind spot” below the camera. Six sensors are arranged in a circle, a seventh sensor covers the overall scene and an eighth sensor captures the blind spot below the camera. From these eight images, the software then stitches a complete image of the half-sphere around the camera location that has been captured without gaps. Within this overview image, multiple operators can open any number of detail areas with a mouse-click and zoom in and move around in these areas as if it was a PTZ cam.

Casino operators who use such systems report that they regularly reduce the time needed from the detection of an incident to the resolution – e.g., by catching an offender – by a factor of up to 10 or more.

Furthermore, the overall costs for monitoring the gaming floor are reduced. Although the costs per camera are higher than a PTZ system, far fewer cameras need to be installed. The resulting savings in installation, infrastructure, and maintenance as well as in operation itself outweigh the additional costs for the cameras themselves.

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Gaming Innovation Group: Share issue

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Reference is made to the announcement from Gaming Innovation Group Inc. (GiG) on 15 December 2022 regarding the acquisition of casino affiliate websites Askgamblers.com, Johnslots.com, Newcasinos.com and several smaller domains from Catena Media Plc.

As stated in the announcement, GiG will finance part of the initial consideration through a share issue and the Board of Directors has approved commitments of EUR 10.2 million from a group of investors to finance the equity part of the acquisition. Pursuant to agreed terms, the share price has been set to NOK 25.61, which represent a discount of 2.6% from the volume-weighted average share price for the GiG share so far in 2023.

4,267,112 new shares will be issued, and the number of outstanding shares will increase by 3.5%, from 122,786,526 to 127,053,638. The new shares are expected to be issued and admitted to trading next week and will be issued under the Company’s 150,000,000 authorized shares.

Closing of the acquisition is expected by end of January 2023.

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Euromat Adds Spain to its Growing Membership

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The European federation of gaming machine trade associations, Euromat, has added Spain to its membership.

The organisation has welcomed the Club de Convergentes as its 14th country member. Novomatic, Merkur, Zitro, Aristocrat and Bally Wulff are among the Club de Convergentes’ members.

Euromat now covers 11 countries and has nine corporate members. Last year it added Serbia and three new corporates into its membership.

Bernhard Teuchmann, president of the Club de Convergentes, said: “Joining Euromat and collaborating more closely with our colleagues across Europe reflects our desire to continue to grow our sector responsibly and ensure that we have the best possible offer for our customers.

“We want to play our role in helping to raise the standards for our industry across Europe and learn from the experience of others.”

Euromat president Jason Frost said: “Having the Club de Convergentes in Euromat is a vote of confidence in our association and its capacity to benefit its members.

“The Club de Convergentes shares our belief that our industry is stronger when working together to share knowledge and expertise, while always making the case with policymakers for a better business environment.”

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